Google Maps marks April Fools' Day with map-eating Ms Pac-Man

Where does April Fools' Day come from

Where does April Fools' Day come from

Ms Pac-Man came out in 1981. For the next day or so, if you open Google Maps, you'll have the option to play the arcade classic Ms. Pac-Man with real-life streets serving as your maze. This year it's turning Google Maps into a game of Ms. Pac-Man. This isn't just for Android either, as some iOS report not only seeing the spoof but are able to select their own map to play off of.

You can move Ms. Pac-Man around by swiping in any direction, and your score is at the top of the screen.

As planned by Google, this feature is appearing on Google Maps on 1st April, which is today.

The teeth-grindingly addictive video game is slowing rolling out across the world as April Fools' day hits.

If you don't need to get to your destination in a hurry, Google Maps added a Ms. Pac-Man mode to further distract you from your task at hand.

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If you spent countless hours in arcades back in the 1980s - or if you've played one of Pac-Man's numerous incarnations in the time since then - you already know the drill.

Gamers may recall Google Maps' Pokémon Challenge three years ago, and they're continuing from another novelty for this year's April Fools' Day.

The Pac-Man icon can be seen in the bottom left corner. You'll see a button on there that either looks like Ms. Pac-Man or says "Insert Coin". Game over. Be aware that sometimes when she goes off screen, she doesn't reappear where you'd expect.

Here are a few interesting game boards I tried out.

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